John Keenan

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Dr John Keenan’s teaching specialities are in English and media studies. He has been a teacher in these subjects at secondary, FE and HE levels. He currently works at Newman University as a senior lecturer running the Secondary English programme for PGCE and School Direct teacher trainees. In the past, Dr Keenan has worked at Leicester, Coventry and Worcester Universities in various roles including running a degree in advertising and as West Midlands tutor on the Teach First English programme. His research interests include emotional responses to audio-visual texts which was the subject of his PhD. He has published articles on innovative methods of approaching HE teaching and on the self-concepts of those teaching HE in FE settings. His Interest in innovation in the classroom has led to presenting at conferences on the use of animation and autoethnography as learning tools.




Teaching Interests

Education, English, communication, media

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  • Karima Kadi-Hanifi and John Keenan (2022) The Professional Doctorate as a Mode and Model of Activism and Resistance Chapter 11 of The Professional Doctorate in Education: Activism, Transformation and Practice edited by Lesley Saunders and David Trotman

  • Karima Kadi-Hanifi, and John Keenan (2021) College-Based Higher Education: A New Hope. Chapter 20 of Seal, M. Hopeful Pedagogies in Higher Education. London: Bloomsbury.

  • Karima Kadi-Hanifi and John Keenan (2020) College Based Higher Education and its Identities. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • John Keenan & Karima Kadi-Hanifi (2019) Epistemological moor-ing. Re-positioning Foucault, Bourdieu and Derrida theory to its Northern African origins, Teaching in Higher Education.

  • John Keenan and Karima Kadi-Hanifi (2019) What does the further and adult education sector do and why does it matter? Chapter One of Tummons, J. (Ed) PCET: Learning and teaching in the post compulsory sector. London: Sage.

  • Kadi-Hanifi, K. and Keenan, J. (2016) Finding the ‘a-ha’ moment: an exploration into HE in FE teacher self-concept. Research in Post-compulsory Education, Vol.21(1-2), 73-85.

  • ‘Singing Better Songs? A Life History Study of Higher Education Teacher Educators Working in the English Further Education Sector’ with Dr Karima Kadi-Hanifi. Power and Education (In press)

  • ‘I am a Starbucks worker… my life no longer belongs to me’: the performance of estrangement as a learning tool with Dr Adrienne Evans. Teaching in Higher Education (September 2013)